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Benjamin Franklin's First Gov’t. Printing: The PA General Loan Office Mortgage Register of 1729, & Subsequent Franklin Mortgage Registers & Bonds
Keith Arbour (au). Among the items acquired in 1996 by Jay Snider, the collector of printed Americana, are 278 partially printed, early Pennsylvania mortgage forms. The royal folio forms are bound together, as issued, in full calf stamped with tools thought to have belond to William Davies, a bookbinder who flourished in Philadelphia from 1722 to 1740. The mortgage forms include printed preambles identifying Pennsylvania’s General Loan Office trustees as the mortgagees, & mss. completions dated as early as Sept. 23, 1729. Clarence Wolf, the antiquarian book dealer who sold the vol. to Mr. Snider, established that it was printed by Benjamin Franklin & Hugh Meredith with their first font of pica type. Mr. Snider made it availabe to historians for more extensive study. This illus. study attempts to place the Snider vol. in its historical, political, biographical, & bibliographical context. Includes an Appendix that indexes all the mortgages recorded in the Snider vol.
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